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Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 2:28pm
geocycle wrote:Hope you awarded yourself a free breakfast!
I'm a chef!

Re: How do I justify a new bike?

CTC Forum - MTB - 3 September 2015 - 2:27pm
OP most people want a bike that good and can't afford it.

You got a MTB but you're on the road a lot, is that what it is?

I remember a guy on the road on a MTB and I could hear his tyres on the tarmac.

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2015 - 2:16pm
A bit like Vorpal, I chant 'I think I can, I know I can' and 'I can do this, I am doing this' or 'It's not the North Face of the Eiger, is it?'. If i have run out or am running out of energy I stop, eat and reflect on what I have done thus far and past achievements

Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 2:15pm
fossala wrote:gaz wrote:fossala wrote:...Today is my day off...
+1, clearly bad planning on the part of the organisers .
To be fair I write the rota. I can only blame myself.

Hope you awarded yourself a free breakfast!

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2015 - 2:15pm
AlaninWales wrote:I'll count a short sequence repeatedly, or chant a repetitive ditty (doesn't matter what really) - or combine the two " one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, all good children go to heaven".

"1,000 mile to go, 1000 miles to go, we'll ride a mile then rest a while, 999 miles to go (etc.)"

Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 2:14pm
gaz wrote:fossala wrote:...Today is my day off...
+1, clearly bad planning on the part of the organisers .
To be fair I write the rota. I can only blame myself.

Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 2:13pm
fossala wrote:...Today is my day off...
+1, clearly bad planning by the organisers .

Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 2:09pm
TrevA wrote:Also, seems a strange time of year to have it. The weather was decidedly chilly on this morning's commute.
I agree. It's also the first day back for Norfolk schools, so I suspect fewer people cycled today than usual in order to make sure Little Johnny/Janey got to school on time for his/her first day, although I did spot at least one mother-with-nervous-children who seemed to be taking their first ride to a new school.

That combined with the lack of any resources and their recent faux-pas to lead our local cycling campaign not to promote it much this year. It was much better as part of Bike Week IMO when we did stuff like "commuter challenge" time trials between a suburb and an employment area by cycle, bus and car... but then Bike Week seems to have lost its way the last year or two and seems mainly a source of group event insurance rather than a real programme of events.

However, BBC Radio Norfolk did cover Cycle To Work Day, so I spoke to them live just before 9am and an edited recorded interview may be broadcast in the 4-6pm show. I did try to get someone who cycles to work (rather than me, who cycles for work to get to appointments and travel links) but everyone who I asked needed to be at work before 9am, of course! I'm very blessed that the co-op supports cycling and lets me out for a few hours to support it.

Re: Parking

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 1:54pm
661-Pete wrote:elmo wrote:On another note about the Salisbury hospital, when I cycle there I have to secure my bike to an open to the elements bike rack then walk past a lavish covered smoking point!!!!Interesting, that, and really ought to be a basis for complaint. At our local, brand-new B&Q store, they provided quite adequate cycle parking: covered sheffield stands (yes! people do sometimes visit their DIY by bike!). But they originally had the staff smoking area right next to the cycle racks. I sent off an E-mail to the manager, complaining, justifiably I thought, that I didn't see why I should be breathing in tobacco smoke whilst I was locking or unlocking my bike. And lo and behold! The smoking area was moved elsewhere. Sorted! Thank you Mr B and Mr Q!
My local Tesco's renovated the front of the store and created a more covered entrance with a covered area at the side where the automatic doors opened onto. Then they put a smokers bin there right next to the entrance and where there was a seating area. Now you get the smell of smoke inside the entrance and further into the store. That led me to email a complaint. Nothing! I asked if they could move the bin and put up no smoking signs since it is too close to where people have to pass to use the store. A reasonable request I thought because TBH the covering, the bench and the bin all combine to make it a nice little smoker's den, but they could not care about that. Not a problem these days since we have started to shop elsewhere which is saving us loads each week (about £25 or more food saving per week). We still use the Tescos but only for emergency stocks.

I think you did well with B&Q and all credit to them for making the changes. Simple things that add to customers' experience for little cost.

I saw that programme and think it was a level headed programme overall. There is a tendency to make parking attendants out to be jobsworths out to make a few bucks but this programme didn't fall into that populist trap but presented the true situation. Some of these parking attendants are really just making the situation better through managing the use of parking facilities such as disabled parking. One programme in this series focussed on how it was illegal to park in a disabled space even with a badge if the person who's name is on the badge is not with you. Even running errands for them is not a legal use. The parking guy was just enforcing this quite fairly.

Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 1:44pm
I cycle 4 days a week, nearly 120miles a week! Today is my day off...

Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 1:37pm
TrevA wrote:I did cycle to work today, despite a dodgy weather forecast. I think it's only been around for a few years, not like National Bike Week.

Dodgy weather forecasts have been around much longer than that

Re: la vuelta 2015 Kicks Off On Sat 22nd Aug ITV4

CTC Forum - Racing - 3 September 2015 - 1:33pm
http://www.cyclingnews.com/news/froome- ... -his-foot/ - he rode 135km with a broken bone in his foot and I think he finished within ten minutes of the winner. I'm not sure whether that's madder than Contador riding on for a few km with a broken leg in last year's TdF.

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2015 - 1:25pm
I know someone who recites sonnets. Loudly.

I sometimes count pedal strokes, or chant 'I think I can' over and over to the rhythm of the pedals, like the Little Engine that Could.

Re: Cycling Tips 1936

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 1:13pm
The fat commuter wrote: I heard that the reason that most bikes have the rear brake on the left in the UK is so that you have more control over the bike when signalling to turn right - the assumption being that the rear brake gives more control.
I have the front brake on the left because I feel the front wheel is more under control when braking than the rear - and not only when signalling right. The right arm is the one I use to indicate gratitude (and occasional displeasure) towards fellow road users, which means the left hand is most often near the brake.

Perhaps there's something a bit deeper about it. We pass on the left because it is easier to defend an attack from the right, and we like to have the right arm free to reach for the sword - or a hand to fend off a close pass.

Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 1:04pm
horizon wrote:Ben@Forest wrote:Oh, hadn't really understood that the first two lines were even related to the homoeopathy bit. And I still don't get the Farmer/Defra exchange.

I'm not an animal activist of any sort (except in a broadly conservationist way) but I was struck by the seeming idiocy of the badger cull and felt it deserved a mention in my signature. I do feel for the farmers but I'm not sure this is going to get them anywhere (much as they think it will).

Thanks for the explanation. I deal with Defra (and the RPA) a lot so should have worked it out, I've heard some gems of wisdom from them over the years.

Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 12:28pm
Yes, I pledged to go to work on my bike today.If I was in work I would cycle but it's one of my rest days having finished nights. Best go and have a ride out this afternoon and pretend I'm off to work.

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2015 - 12:28pm
I usually just stop, have a cuppa and a piece of cake. Relax, destress, evaluate what needs to be done. Set some micro goals (ok 5 miles til this sight etc.) - parcel up the remaining ride into easily manageable bits. Then head back off. To be honest though, as I usually plan my small tours to the minutest of details before hand only an absolute catastrophe is going to put me outside me ability.

Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 12:26pm
horizon wrote:Ben@Forest wrote:
By the way I don't understand your sign off at the bottom. Is it some sort of statement by the Vegetarian Peoples Front? Or really something Defra said? Or what?

Fair enough - I've deleted the reference to homeopathy which was a bit uncalled for - it really isn't bonkers at all.

Oh, hadn't really understood that the first two lines were even related to the homoeopathy bit. And I still don't get the Farmer/Defra exchange. But I've cycled in so I'm probably a bit slow...

Re: National Cycle to Work day

CTC Forum - On the road - 3 September 2015 - 12:21pm
Ben@Forest wrote:
By the way I don't understand your sign off at the bottom. Is it some sort of statement by the Vegetarian Peoples Front? Or really something Defra said? Or what?

Fair enough - I've deleted the reference to homeopathy which was a bit uncalled for - it really isn't bonkers at all.

Re: What do you do when the going gets tough?

CTC Forum - Touring & Expedition - 3 September 2015 - 12:20pm
mnichols wrote:does anyone use mantras?

I often just count the pedal strokes up to 10 and then start over. I find if mind is doing that then it can't feel sorry for itself at the same time? works best on long climbs

or sometimes I use a repetitive positive mantra on the down strokes - feeling good, feeling strong, feeling happy, etc

How do you distract your mind from going into a negative spiral?
Yep, when it's a question of just keeping the pedals turning, I'll count a short sequence repeatedly, or chant a repetitive ditty (doesn't matter what really) - or combine the two " one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, all good children go to heaven". Any distraction that keeps the brain from concentrating on the burning legs .
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